UofL newspaper working to meet deadline despite flooding losses

By Paige Quiggins, WAVE 3 News Intern
Posted By Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the cleanup from Tuesday's flash flooding continues at University of Louisville, staff struggles to save what is left of  the university's student run newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal.

Flooding flood left thousands of dollars worth of computers, furniture office equipment and carpet damaged and more than 30 years of archived newspapers were lost.

"We had things plugged into the wall on top of desks, so we won't know if they will work until we take them out and plug them in again," said Mickey Meece, a newspaper advisor.

The newspaper office is located in the basement of the Houchens Building on Floyd Street. During the flooding, water levels in the basement reached 18-inches. The disaster hit three weeks before the first day of classes.

"Our paper comes out the Tuesday after school starts so we will have to be doing work before then," said Michael Kennedy, The Cardinal's editor-in-chief.

The Cardinal staff has worked out an arrangement with UofL to use space in Davidson Hall as a temporary replacement until repairs are complete at the Houchens Building. Needed work required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) includes adding drywall, replacing carpet, bookshelves, chairs and desks.

According to Meece, at least 8 and up to 12 computers are ruined and the condition of stored office equipment is still unknown. There is no word on what insurance will cover, but Meece estimates equipment replacement could cost thousands.

"We should be alright, I mean, we will get the first issue out either way, but it definitely complicates things," said Kennedy. "You know, the first issue is always the hardest, and this makes it even harder."

The Louisville Cardinal has been up and running since 1926 and currently has a 30-person staff. The team produces up to 8,000 weekly publications along with a daily website. The first issue will not print until September 1, but the layout must be sent to the out-of-house printer several days in advance.

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